Posts Tagged ‘ verizon ’

Google to sell own Android phone

Google reportedly plans to begin selling a branded Android smartphone directly to consumers as soon as early 2010 as it continues to broaden its web services portfolio beyond the desktop. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports the device – dubbed the Nexus One – boasts software designed by Google itself, from applications to the user interface of each individual screen; HTC is said to be manufacturing the device hardware.

UPDATE: With the Nexus One, the software giant has now started producing hardware.  It hopes to compete against the iPhone, claiming the Nexus One is faster.  If it really is the long promised iphone killer, will have to be seen.  The smartphone is now avaiilable for British and American consumers through the Google web shop (either device-only at $ 529, either combined with a T-Mobile subscription at $ 179).  Collaborations with Vodafone and Verizon should bring the device respectively the European and US market in the spring of 2010. No details yet whether Nexus One will be available in Belgium anytime soon.

Read more:

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– And an interesting comparison between Nexus One and iPhone on Mashable

In other Google news: Google Search was the most visited mobile site in the US in 2009.  Yahoo! Mail comes in second, followed by Gmail, The Weather Channel and Facebook.

Interesting numbers & figures from Nielsen

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Mobile traffic surges during Michael Jackson memorial

Online and mobile traffic surged during Tuesday’s lavish memorial tribute to pop star Michael Jackson, who died last month at the age of 50. Verizon Wireless reports that between 10 a.m. and noon PST, text message and mobile web use in the vicinity of Los Angeles’ Staples Center (where the Jackson memorial was held) increased 86 percent over the same time period on Monday. Voice calls also increased 10 percent. Verizon Wireless previously reported it increased its capacity around the Staples Center in anticipation of the Jackson spectacle.

(source: Fierce Mobile)

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Verizon, Vodafone team for live Madonna simulcast

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone announced they will team to deliver a live global mobile simulcast spotlighting performances from Madonna‘s April 30 show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. The simulcast, which expands Vodafone’s exclusive mobile content distribution and promotion deal with Warner Music International in support of the new Madonna album Hard Candy, will feature four live songs from the disc, officially dropping Tuesday. Verizon Wireless is scheduled to begin the mobile broadcast at 10 p.m. EST via the V Cast Performances channel, with Vodafone Live’s broadcast beginning at 3 a.m. GMT for subscribers in the U.K., Germany, Italy, France and close to a dozen other international markets. V Cast Performances will also archive the performance for 30 days.

Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless issued an exclusive “mobile underground remix” of the new Madonna single “4 Minutes” remixed by hip-hop mastermind Timbaland, who is also slated to release an exclusive album via the operator’s Mobile Producer in Residence program.

Source: Fierce Wireless

Madonna simulcast on Verizon and Vodafone

Timbaland becomes Verizon’s Mobile Producer

Verizon Wireless will soon be launching their new ‘Mobile Producer in Residence’ program, which features a music producer bringing his work directly onto the mobile platform. Hiphop producer Timbaland – famous for his collaborations with Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake and recently Madonna – will be the first Mobile Producer, teaming up with different guest stars to launch a mobile-exclusive album on Verizon’s V Cast Music platform. The new tracks will be available for mobile consumers as song downloads, ringtones and ringback tones.

Press release

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